Miss Rita, Mystery Reader has it all going on! Not only do we have a dad and child dynamic, we have a mystery reader coming to the child’s classroom to read to them, we have a non-binary child, and a Drag Queen.
Dad by some of the time, and Miss Rita the other times, Tori is excited to introduce them to their classroom. And they cannot wait to help dad get ready, as “it takes time–because sparkle is serious business!” But will everyone love Miss Rita as much as they do? Will everyone appreciate Miss Rita like Tori does?
The ideas of self-acceptance, families and friendship all come together as Sam Donovan and Kristen Wixted shows the ins and outs of trying to fit all our worlds together, trying to be ourselves and the understanding that comes with that. Everyone can shine, and Miss Rita and Tori show how they do it.
Information in the back covers more aspects of the Drag Queen style.
And style is the name of the game when it comes to Violet Tobacco’s illustrations. They are sparkly and colorful. Details are prominent and show the whys and hows of getting ready. One of the interesting come-aways for me is not only how bold everything is (it does have Drag Queen energy) but also how “round” everything is. Or smooth it all is. Even angles and such are not sharp. It has a bold, yet somewhat comfortable feeling to it.
And spoiler, watch out for the cats of the story. They have a purrfect names.